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Everyone loses Canadian election
After a miserable Canadian election campaign, everyone can be seen as losers. The Liberals now have a tarnished image and hold the record of forming a minority government with the weakest mandate ever. Despite Liberal weakness, Conservative austerity policies were unpopular and did not allow them to make the gains they expected. The New Democratic […]
Canadians’ desire for socialism not reflected in election campaign
At the end of July, a survey conducted by Forum Research revealed that 58 per cent of Canadians support socialism. This echoes similar polls in the U.S. However, with the start of the federal election campaign it seems like this desire for socialism is not being reflected by any of the major parties. As long […]
Kenney, Ford, Legault: Stop the right wing in its tracks!
Looking at recent electoral results in Canada and Quebec, it is not just in the Game of Thrones universe that winter has come. Following the election of Doug Ford’s Conservatives in Ontario in June last year, the United Conservative Party of Jason Kenney took power in Alberta this past April 17. In the Maritimes, New […]
What’s wrong with Jagmeet Singh?
On Monday, Jagmeet Singh was elected MP for Burnaby South. The NDP leader probably breathed a sigh of relief. Since becoming party chief in October 2017, Singh has been without a seat in Parliament. Rumours suggested that numerous party members were hoping for Singh’s defeat to justify replacing him before the election in October. After […]
Interview with Jessa McLean, socialist NDP candidate for York-Simcoe
By-elections are being held in three federal ridings today, including Burnaby South, Outremont, and York-Simcoe. The three races have been dubbed a “referendum” on Trudeau’s Liberals, who are sagging in the polls amid a scandal involving construction giant SNC-Lavalin. However, today’s by-elections are just as much a referendum on the NDP under Jagmeet Singh, which […]
Fightback’s 2018 Perspectives – The need for a militant workers’ movement
The “Great Recession” of 2008-2009 represents a turning point in world history. In the decade since this event capitalism has failed to develop the productive forces and put in place a meaningful recovery. This has led an important layer of workers and youth to look for alternatives. Increasingly, the ideas of socialism, Marxism, and revolution […]
Jagmeet Singh wins the NDP leadership; What does this mean?
Confounding the polls, Ontario MPP Jagmeet Singh won a commanding first ballot victory in the 2017 NDP leadership race. He gained 35,266 votes, 53.8% of the total, compared with 12,705 (19.4%) for Charlie Angus, 11,374 (17.4%) for Niki Ashton, and 6,164 (9.4%) for Guy Caron. This is a disappointing result for the left who had […]
NDP Leadership Race Buries Mulcair Legacy
Almost a year and a half after the Federal NDP’s disappointing election result, the party leadership race has begun in earnest. Four candidates have declared so far: Niki Ashton, Charlie Angus, Guy Caron, and Peter Julian. What is notable is that at the March 12th leadership debate none of the candidates defended the Mulcair legacy […]